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Home-Made Bubble bursts into Guinness World Record Books

18 March 2015

World’s Largest Bubble Lands Samsam His Tenth Guinness World Record™

The world’s most famous bubbleologist today entered the record books for an incredible tenth time as he pulled off his most spectacular world record yet.

Inspired by DreamWorks’ bubble-powered new animation Home, Samsam Bubbleman stunned witnesses at Jubilee Gardens beneath the London Eye as he produced the World’s Largest Free-Floating Bubble measuring a staggering 23.3 cubic metres, the size of two family cars or 150,000 tennis balls.

This milestone Guinness World Record™ was staged to celebrate the theatrical release of Home, out this Friday.  The film, which features an all-star voice-cast including Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez, brings to life the loveable Boov, whose technology is based entirely on bubbles, with everything in their fantastical world being spherical.



The record-breaking bubble, which was verified by Guinness following complex 3D measurements and chartered surveyor calculations, beat the previous record set in Massachusetts in 2013 by over 2.5m³.

“I am thrilled to be honoured with my tenth Guinness World Record™,” says Samsam Bubbleman, from Seven Sisters, London.  “It has been my most challenging record yet with a number of crucial elements coming together – the equipment, my top secret bubble solution, weather conditions and most importantly what I call my ‘inner bubble’.  I needed to approach a near meditative state to create this bubble – closing my eyes, deep breaths and incredible concentration and patience.”

He adds, “I have been inspired by the film Home not just because of its hugely inventive use of bubbles, which are present in almost every scene, but also its incredibly vibrant use of colour.  I’ve always described what I do as bringing colour to the wind.  You can’t blow an ugly bubble and although I often get caught up in the joy of the moment of creation just to stop and watch the incredible colours moving around on the surface of that floating weightless sphere creates such wonderment.”



Samsam, who performed at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and has ‘bubbled’ for the likes of Shakira, The British Royal Family, and JK Rowling, has practiced the art of bubble making for 25 years and his other Guinness World Records™ have included Most People Inside a Bubble, Most Bubbles Inside a Bubble, Longest Bubble Chain and Largest Frozen Bubble.

For his tenth World Record he was accompanied by the character Oh from Home, as well as children from Sylvia Young Agency who helped with the measurements.



Home Film Page


About Home
When Oh (Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, HOME features an all-star voice cast including Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.  Directed by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge; Antz), HOME will be released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 20th March 2015.

About Samsam Bubbleman
Samsam Bubbleman is the world’s most famous bubbleologist.  He began bubbling way back in 1989 following his "bubble epiphany" whilst watching a bubble float across a field.

Bubbling became a hobby, learning tricks, collecting toys and experimenting with different mixes until the year 2000 when he set up Bubble Inc. to spread bubble magic across the world!

He has now broken 10 Guinness World Records, holds three Blue Peter badges and performs throughout the UK, Europe and the world - from London and Morocco to Indonesia and Bahrain. From wowing the crowds at the Grand Prix and celebrity events to creating special effects for films and pop videos, Samsam is the UK's most sought-after and creative bubbleologist.

A few bubble facts
Bubbles are pockets of soap and water that are filled with air. When soap and water are mixed together and air is blown into the mixture, the soap forms a thin skin or wall and traps the air, creating a bubble

A Dictionary definition of a bubble is a gas encapsulated by a skin which makes footballs, balloons and humans all bubbles

The colours you see on the surface of a bubble are caused by an effect we call 'light interference' and denote the thickness of a bubble wall

Bubbles can get incredibly thin - at just a few microns thick they can be 100 times thinner than a piece of paper and probably the thinnest object most of us will ever see in our entire lives.

Eifel Plasterer (USA) is recorded as the record holder for the longest lasting bubble - he made a bubble in the 1950's that lasted for nearly a year! He used a special gel-like solution and kept the bubble in a bell jar to avoid dust, evaporation and children

Bubbles are used and studied in such a wide variety of industries, from medicine to NASA, to architecture (see Otto Frei and the Beijing Olympic Swimming Pool building), speech therapists, insulation experts and energy companies

There's a huge amount of bubbles in nature - a variety of marine mammals use them to hunt including killer whales and others use them for their own entertainment

The sound created by crashing waves is the sound of a billion bubbles popping on the shore

Bubbles are currently being studied intensively in the medical community as a new super-efficient way of transporting drugs through the human body to the areas that need them instead of flooding them through the whole body. It is likely that this method will see bubbles being used to save lives in the future

Bubbles appear in the food that we eat on a daily basis - from the foam in our cappuccino to the texture of bread and cheese. Bubbles are everywhere